On Prophetic Guidance

Flowers turning away, arrogantly, from the sun

welt, young and naive, and

the sun's path quivers not

if some refuse to follow its way, stiff.

Those yielding to its guiding rays

with the humbleness of a yearning student

knowing how - much -  he knows not,

earn its title: sunflower.

Soaking the light of wisdom, the sunflower

grows tall and spreads its seeds for generations more,

but those growing off of

the reflections off of

the yellow wrinkled petals will remain in the shadows,

not knowing the taste of warm kisses on their leaves.

Sunflowers don't wait for the night to seek

a star out of a billion, far, small, illusively alive

when they have the one that outshines all

into petty non-existence.

- shz 010617

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[incomplete] Tricks and Treason – In the Footsteps of the Prophet

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In this chapter, two tribes betray the Prophet and receive punishment: Banu Nadir and Banu Qurayzah. The battle of the Moat (al khandaq) occurs; despite the great danger that the Muslims were subjected to, they managed to win using smart war tactics. [The summary of this chapter is incomplete]

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The Bastard of Istanbul – A Quick Review

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

… some among the Armenians in the Diaspora would never want the Turks to recognize the genocide. If they do so, they’ll pull the rug out from under our feet and take the strongest bond that unites us. Just like the Turks have been in the habit of denying their wrongdoing, the Armenians have been in the habit of savoring the cocoon of victim hood. Apparently, there are some old habits that need to be changed on both sides.

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Teachings and Defeat – In the Footsteps of the Prophet

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In this chapter, we read about the Prophet’s gentleness and respect in his daily life: with the poor, with his daughter Fatima, with his wife Aisha, with the Najran Christians… The author also recounts the battle of Uhud, the defeat and the Prophet’s reaction.

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Medina, Life and War – In the Footsteps of the Prophet

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In this chapter, the Meccans react to the Prophet’s settlement, the battle of Badr occurs and Banu Qaynuqa, a Jewish tribe in Medina, commit treason.

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Hijrah – In the Footsteps of the Prophet

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In this chapter, the Prophet performs his hijrah journey and settles in Madina. The author discusses the spiritual meaning of hijrah, what tawakkul is in Islam and how the Prophet formed the first Islamic community.

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